3 Things (Even) Intelligent People Forget

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There are all sorts of people in the world, and some are more gifted intellectually than others. From grade school to high school to university to the workplace, these people are used to performing better than most of their peers. This doesn’t mean, however, that they know everything.

As a matter of fact, high intellect may sometimes be a deterrent in growing as a person. Emphasis on sometimes.

Indeed, some of the smartest people have been dubbed “stupid” because of the choices they make in life, or how they perceive certain issues. This is, of course, due to different factors, but one thing to consider is that they may have forgotten some facts, leading to struggles they have difficulty understanding.

Let’s take a look at some things even intelligent people forget.

Education and intelligence are not all that matter.

Recently, a post on Facebook went viral in my neck of the woods. It was a university professor bashing a recent graduate who got the highest grade in the last several decades. He went on and on about grades not being what matters. I’m not condoning his actions. In fact, it is distasteful and inappropriate, especially coming from a person of his stature.

However, his point about education and grades holds some truth. You may be the best in your class, but that does not mean much if you don’t do anything with it.

Relying on scholarly success doesn’t make a difference without action.

So you’re smart. Do something with it.

Success has different definitions.

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What’s your definition of success?

For some people, when they’ve reached C-level, they consider themselves a success. Others consider having their own property and car being a success. Some think raising a family is success.

The point is that different people have their own definitions of success, and just because you have reached your goals doesn’t mean you can look down on others for not being where you are. Having this perception will not only limit your way of thinking but can also harm relationships.

It’s okay to consider emotions and not to over rationalize things.

Smart people are rational above all else, aren’t they? When making a decision, they set aside their hearts and their emotions because they interfere with decision-making, yes?

Well, yes and no.

There are certain situations when being rational is necessary, even if the decision may hurt others. An example would be if you absolutely have to cut back on expenses in the company, and the only way is to let go of people.

On the other hand, when it comes to personal matters, it’s all right to listen to how you feel. It doesn’t mean you don’t think about the repercussions of whichever decision you take.

What you should remember is that relying too much on being rational isn’t the smartest way to go.

Important: As with most things, balance is key. While emotions should play a part in your life, you can’t let them reign free. Emotions + being rational = best results.

Do you sometimes forget the things above? Or are there other things that you can add to the list? Let us know in the comments!

You might also want to read: How to Control the Ego at Work

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